Modern Dressing

If shopping has gone out of fashion, then what about fashion itself? Linda Grant’s new book The Thoughtful Dresser offers an intellectual, unapologetic analysis of clothes in society. She introduces department stores in the 19th century as the first all-female forum, and follows Catherine Hill, a Holocaust survivor who made a defiant fashion statement at Auschwitz and later became a Canadian style doyenne. The Thoughtful Dresser argues that the way we dress is a product of our humanity and history, and The Times of London calls it “a book that celebrates fashion in the most intelligent, heartfelt and irresistible of ways.”